ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 21: Lucas Harrell #64 of the Houston Astros throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter at Busch Stadium on August 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Astros Vs. Mets: Houston Looks To Maintain Winning Ways Against New York

Sunday, Houston takes the field looking to make it five out of six against the Big Apple's other ballclub, the only team in the National League the Astros have a winning record against.

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Astros Vs. Mets Final Score: Ike Davis Shines As New York Tops Houston 2-1

Ike Davis hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Houston Astros 2-1. Davis had two of the Mets' four hits, including the first of two home runs in the fourth inning.

Jeremy Hefner allowed one run over eight innings for New York, however it was reliever Bobby Parnell who picked up the win after getting the final two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Wilton Lopez received the loss for Houston after giving up Davis's second homer.

Marwin Gonzalez doubled in the top of the ninth for Houston to tie the game 1-1, scoring Jose Altuve. Gonzalez was ejected later in the inning by umpire David Rackley, for arguing a call at home plate. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy also left the game in the ninth, with a right shoulder injury.

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Astros Vs. Mets: Houston, New York Starting Lineups For Sunday's Game

The Houston Astros lost to the New York Mets Saturday night, 3-1, the first loss of the year by Houston in five contests against New York. The Astros will look to make it five wins in six tries when they take the field on Sunday, against the only team in the National League Houston has a winning record against. Here is the Astros starting lineup, via the team's official twitter feed:

Sunday's New York lineup, courtesy of @Mets:

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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Astros Vs. Mets: Houston Looks To Maintain Winning Ways Against New York

The Houston Astros (40-87) were defeated Saturday night by the New York Mets 3-1, ending their four-game winning streak against New York (58-69). Sunday, Houston takes the field looking to make it five out of six against the Big Apple's other ballclub. The Mets are the only team in the National League the Astros have a winning record against.

Pleasant surprise Lucas Harrell (10-9, 4.04 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston on Sunday. The right hander's first seven starts of the season yielded a 3-2 mark with a 2.06 ERA, but Harrell has struggled of late and allowed six runs in five innings his last time out on Tuesday.

Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will take the hill for New York. This will be Hefner's second start since joining the rotation. Last Sunday the righty allowed five runs (two home runs) in five innings of work.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EST from Citi Field.

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Astros Vs. Mets Final Score: R.A. Dickey Silences Houston's Bats As New York Wins 3-1

The Houston Astros were shut down by R.A. Dickey in a 3-1 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Astros were unable to build on their win in Game 1 of the series as the offense struggled to do anything against Dickey, coming up with just five singles off of the polarizing knuckleballer, who allowed one run in seven innings while striking out two and walking one. Houston reliever Mickey Storey took the loss, as he allowed the Mets to score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Justin Turner solo home run.

Fernando Abad started for the Astros, but was removed in the top of the fifth inning as the Astros had the bases loaded and needed a legitimate chance to capitalize. Steve Pearce, who is the subject of some trade rumors, pinch-hit for Abad and grounded into a double play, ending the Astros' only real threat of the day.

The rubber matchup takes place on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. CT from Citi Field. Lucas Harrell (10-9, 4.04 ERA) will be on the hill for the Astros while the Mets will send out Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.11).

For more on the Astros, be sure to visit The Crawfish Boxes. Additional coverage on the Mets can be found at Amazin' Avenue, while Baseball Nation is the place for all things MLB.

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Astros OF Steve Pearce Reportedly Targeted By Giants

Houston Astros outfielder Steve Pearce is drawing interest from the San Francisco Giants, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Pearce would have to clear waivers in order for the Giants to acquire him, and it is not yet known whether or not that is the case. He has been a member of the Astros since July 28, when he was claimed off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles after being designated for assignment a week earlier. Since joining Houston, Pearce is hitting .258/.351/.355 in 74 plate appearances. Overall, he has posted a .734 OPS and three homers in 2012.

In six big league seasons, Pearce is a career .237 hitter. 2012 has probably been the best season of them all, when taking into consideration the number of plate appearances relative to his production.

For more on the Astros, be sure to visit The Crawfish Boxes. Additional Giants coverage can be found at McCovey Chronicles, while Baseball Nation is the place for all things MLB.

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Astros Vs. Mets: Fernando Abad Tries To Keep Houston Winning In First Major League Start

Th Houston Astros (40-86) continue their weekend series against the New York Mets (57-69) on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet at Citi Field.

The Astros snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 win in game one of the series on Friday night, thanks to a strong pitching effort led by starter Jordan Lyles.

The Astros dip down to the farm system for Saturday's starter, calling up left-hander Fernando Abad to make his first major league start. Abad has appeared in 30 games this season out of the bullpen for the Astros with a 3.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.

The Mets will counter with veteran knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey (15-4, 2.82 ERA), who is coming off of a no-decision in his last start against Colorado despite giving up just three hits and one run in seven innings on the mound. Dickey will try to halt the Mets' current six-game losing streak.

The game will be at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field and will be televised on Fox Sports Houston.

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Astros Vs. Mets Final Score: Houston End 7-Game Losing Streak, Defeat New York 3-1

The Houston Astros snapped their seven-game losing streak as they defeated the New York Mets 3-1 on Friday night. Astros Jordan Lyles earned only his third win of the year by having one of his better games of the season as he pitched six innings, allowed three hits and only gave up one earned run and he struck out four.

The Astros offense got the two runs they needed to win the game in the second inning when center fielder Brandon Barnes hit a RBI double to score Chris Snyder, and the second run was a self serving double by Lyles which proved to be the game winning run.

The one run that the Mets did manage to score was a solo shot by David Wright in the fourth inning to make it a one-run game. The Astros added an insurance run with a solo home run of their own when Tyler Greene went yard.

The relief pitching for the Astros closed out the game as three relief pitchers combined to allow just one hit over the final three innings to give the Astros a rare road win.

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Houston Astros' Massive Losing Streak Continues

Firing Brad Mills doesn't appear to have changed much of anything in Houston.

Following a sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Astros' losing streak extends to seven straight games. Their last win came at the hands of the similarly bad Chicago Cubs back on Aug. 14.

It's been even worse than that in the long term. Houston has gone 7-43 in their last 50 games following their last loss to St. Louis, a 50-game record that hasn't been achieved since the 1940s.

At least their payroll isn't bloated in relation to the results they're getting on the diamond.

Houston's next opponent, the New York Mets, are slumping just as hard recently -- the Mets just got swept by the Rockies and put up only five runs in the four-game series. Perhaps their upcoming series against the Mets will finally provide interim manager Tony DeFrancesco his first win at the helm of the Astros.

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Astros Vs. Mets: Houston Meets New York In Battle Of Slumping Teams

The Houston Astros will meet the New York Mets at Citi Field starting Friday, with both teams coming off of sweeps.

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